The Schiehallion Field
Murphy and OMV £1.000 bpd (peak) 950.FIELD CHARACTERISTICS Location Block Numbers Water Depth Size of Field FPSO Development Discovered Development consent Start-up Peak production Participants Development cost Subsea and Wells Drilling Centres Wells Water Injection Gas Disposal FPSO Length Breadth Depth Dead Weight Operating Depth Turret Risers Mooring Topsides payload Accommodation Production and Storage Oil Gas Produced water Oil Storage Cargo tanks
175km West of Shetland 204/20.000 tonnes 395m 14m diameter with 360 rotation 15 (24 maximum) 14 anchor chain legs in groups 12. Shell.000 barrels 14
.000 bpd 140 million scfd (peak) .including gas export via pipeline to SUT/Magnus 225.000 bpd BP. Amerada Hess. 204/25 400m average 350-500 million barrels of oil
1993 April 1995 July 1998 190.000 tonnes 99 persons (maximum)
220. Statoil.000 million
5 with 42 wells Production 22 24 1
246m 45m 27m 154.
the BP operated Foinaven field. However. A number of conceptual solutions for the Schiehallion development were considered. which demonstrated well rates of up to 20. the Schiehallion field was discovered with estimated recoverable reserves of some 350-500 million barrels.The Schiehallion Field
Exploration in the UK sector of the Faroes/Shetland Trough began in 1972. before the first commercially viable discovery was made. Amerada Hess. During 1994 and 1995 an appraisal of Schiehallion and Loyal was carried out. In April 1996. culminating in a successful Extended Well Test (EWT). Murphy Oil. Total recoverable reserves are currently estimated at 350-500 million barrels. BP’s geoscientists switched their attention to a structure some 15 kilometres to the east. The Schiehallion and adjacent Loyal fields lie predominantly in blocks 204/20 and 204/25. but eventually it was decided that a steel FPSO system . Statoil and OMV.
The field was discovered in 1992 and following intensive appraisal and pre-project work. Shell. This close proximity allows maximum use to be made of opportunities to share helicopters and supply vessels. The depth also meant that a floating production system was needed rather than a fixed platform. The Schiehallion partnership consists of: BP. Following the discovery of Foinaven. The nearby Loyal accumulation was discovered by well 204/20-3 in late 1994. the UK Government. as it is too deep for divers. The Foinaven and Schiehallion fields lie within 15 kilometres of each other.000 barrels of oil per day.
Location In addition to the Schiehallion Field the development plan includes the Loyal accumulation which is jointly owned by BP and Shell. gave approval to the development of 230 million barrels of oil from the central area of the field in 1994. Schiehallion and Loyal are estimated to contain around 600 million barrels of recoverable oil. the UK government gave approval for a combined Schiehallion/Loyal development plan. Reserves Foinaven.
. where almost twelve months later. it took twenty years of effort and over 100 exploration and appraisal wells.provided the best solution. Development and technology Due to the water depth Schiehallion is heavily reliant on subsea technology for unmanned intervention. 175 km west of Shetland in a water depth of between 350 to 450 metres.the Schiehallion.
To date 42 wells. which have contributed to improving our knowledge and procedures for operating safely. is part crude oil and gas processing plant. Its ‘state of the art’ specification includes special equipment to reduce gaseous emissions during loading. The key to an FPSO’s ability to remain on station is the high technology turret. while the gas is used for fuel or is re-injected and the water is re-injected into the reservoir. in five clusters. Oil and gas flow along steel pipelines and then into flexible risers to the FPSO for processing. Once on board the FPSO reservoir liquids are separated into oil. Extreme conditions have been encountered over the past few years of operating experience. Storage and Offloading system) Both the Petrojarl Foinaven and the Schiehallion FPSOs have been specially designed to withstand the harsh climates of areas like the Atlantic Margin.Loch Rannoch Due to a combination of relatively limited reserves and specific technical problems related to connecting floating production systems to large diameter and high pressure export pipelines. gas and water.000 barrels of oil. flexible risers and control umbilicals all reach the surface inside the turret. The turret is anchored to the seabed and the vessel ‘weathervanes’ around it under the influence of wind. The Schiehallion Vessel is a Purpose Built FPSO (Floating Production.
The Export System . waves and currents with thruster assistance to aid station keeping. Offloading of oil from the Schiehallion to the Loch Rannoch takes place every three to six days. part storage unit and is capable of processing around 200. a Purpose Built FPSO. shuttle tankers was the chosen option for oil export from Schiehallion. The oil is stored in the vessel’s storage tanks prior to export. takes the oil to the Sullom Voe terminal in Shetland. The business generated by the shuttle tanker movements has been welcomed in Shetland as oil from the Atlantic Margin will help offset the decline in production from the North Sea fields which currently supply the Sullom Voe terminals. the Loch Rannoch. The dedicated shuttle tanker. The Schiehallion Vessel.000 barrels of oil a day and storing 900.
. The production wells harness the very latest horizontal drilling technology with some wells having horizontal sections of up to 1500m. have been drilled into the reservoir.Subsea technology plays a major part in the development of Schiehallion. The anchor wires. The Loch Rannoch is purpose built and operated by BP Shipping.
and publish independently verified Environmental Statements annually. Throughout the development phase of the Schiehallion and Foinaven projects. Schiehallion is registered to the EC’s Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). BP consulted widely with interested parties. Both fields are also certified to the international standard for environmental management. Gas is used to power the vessel with any surplus being piped via the Sullom Voe Terminal to the Magnus oil field where it is re-injected into the Magnus reservoir for enhanced oil recovery. Detailed environmental management systems have been developed to meet the requirements of ISO 14001 and EMAS. The oil is sorted in the vessel’s storage tanks prior to offloading into a dedicated shuttle tanker. In addition. A key element of these systems is our commitment to the prevention of pollution and continual improvement in environmental performance. During the development phase both fields were subject to a detailed Environmental Assessment (EA). BP is committed to identifying measures to minimise environmental impacts from its operational activities.
Environment BP recognises that the Schiehallion field activities are conducted in an environmentally sensitive area. the Loch Rannoch. The oil arrives onboard from a series of Subsea flowlines and risers where it is separated into oil.Asset Portfolio
Production Schiehallion began production in July 1998 and has achieved peak production rates of around 190 mbd. The annual Environmental Statements contain details of Foinaven and Schiehallion’s environmental performance. ISO 14001. gas and water. The result of this consultation has been a more robust Oil Spill Contingency Plan and the deployment of powerful and versatile field support vessels. including quantification of emissions and discharges. and that steps are taken to eliminate or reduce these risks.
. Produced water is cleaned to below 40ppm oil before being re-injected back into the reservoir along with sea water injection. The purpose of the EA is to ensure that the major environmental risks are identified and understood.
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. and Foinaven are estimated to contain around 600 million barrels of recoverable reserves.The Schiehallion Field
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